The names you hear most when it comes to Phillies pitching prospects include Mark Appel, Zach Eflin and Jake Thompson. One guy who has been involved in those discussions more this season is Ben Lively. In his second year in the Phillies organization, Lively has refined his command and its paid dividends on the mound. His stellar pitching with Double-A Reading through nine starts has earned him a promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Central Florida alum posted a 7-0 record and a 1.87 ERA in Double-A.
Lively will take the spot of Mark Appel, who will be heading to the disabled list.